Mavs Gaming won the Draft Lottery and hold the first overall pick. Cavs Legion GC and Bucks Gaming rounded out the top 3. DUX Gaming, the new expansion team in Mexico, was awarded the fifth pick. Here’s the complete draft order.
“Since the league’s inaugural season in 2018, we have grown domestically and internationally to 24 teams and witnessed incredible moments – both on and off the virtual court – with the hundreds of NBA 2K League players who have made the league what it is today,” said NBA 2K League President Brendan Donohue. “The NBA 2K League’s fifth anniversary season is not only a tribute to those teams, players and countless individuals who have been a part of the league’s history, but also a celebration of the next five years and beyond. We are thrilled to tip off this next chapter in our history with the 2022 Draft.”
All 24 NBA 2K League teams will complete their five-person rosters during the three-round draft. The players on these five-person rosters will compete in both the league’s traditional 5v5 competition and the recently-announced 3v3 tournaments, just one of the many big changes coming to Season 5.
The 2022 draft pool will consist of unretained players from last season, players who earned draft eligibility as part of the “NBA 2K League Draft Prospect Series,” select participants in the NBA 2K League’s Women in Gaming initiative, select competitors in the NBA 2K League’s APAC and European Invitationals, and high-performing players in the 2K community as determined by league and team officials.